2nd - 8th October 2016
The penultimate week of the 2016 season aboard the Luciole, and what a delightful time we've had, gently crusing up to Clamecy in the autumn sunshine with a host of familiar, friendly faces, plus a few first timers to Burgundy. Amongst the new comers joining us this week were English ladies Mel and Ann, New zealand couple Tim and Sandra, as well as our lone American traveller, Kathy. Joining us again, although it feels like only yesterday that they all left, we were very happy to welcome back onboard Bob and Mary who last cruised with us in May. Emma, Sue and Clare returning after staying with us back in 2014, and the lovely Jennifer, godmother of our very own Penny.
We had a very relaxed week indeed, with classical music brightening up the wheelhouse in honour of Ann, essentially our stand in Captain for the week! For 3 days straight she joined Captain Francisco at the wheel with a big smile on her face as she learnt the ropes and made a sterling effort of navigating us through all those locks. Francisco naturally being extremely pleased as he pulled up a comfortable chair and took the opportunity to put his feet up! Meanwhile Tim, Sandra and Clare were off charging around the place on their bikes, exploring tiny villages and reaching our destination long before the rest of us arrived, only returning at cocktail time surprisingly enough! Kathy, a life long horse lover, teamed up with hostess Emma, also an avid rider, and spent a long and enjoyable afternoon trotting through the forests with their guide as the rest of us cruised along serenely.
Finally I would like to I would like to wish a huge congratulations to Tim and Sandra on their 39th wedding Anniversary, and welcome the Lileys back onboard, we are fortunate enough to have Penny, William and Arthur all joining us for next week, our final week.
Hotel barge Luciole
Cruising since 1976
Phone: 00 44 1625 576880
From USA: 011 44 1625 576880
23 Adlington Road, Bollington
SK10 5JT England
1-2 Quai de la Republique, Auxerre